RFID Consortium Puts Patent Pool Into Motion

The RFID Consortium, whose goal is to promote rapid adoption of RFID by allowing easier access, by manufacturers to essential RFID patents, announced it has chosen San Francisco-based Via Licensing Corp. to administer the ultra-high frequency radio frequency identification (UHF RFID) patent licensing program.

"Working with Via Licensing promises to accelerate our efforts to solicit essential patents holders and ultimately create a patent pool that benefits the RFID industry and patent holders alike," said Kevin Ashton, a spokesperson for the RFID Consortium and vice president of Marketing for ThingMagic.

The proposed licensing program will be made available to all essential patent holders, regardless of whether they were involved in the development of RFID standards. Under the proposed licensing arrangement, all essential RFID patents owned by members of the RFID Consortium will be made available to interested companies via a single license on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms according to the Consortium.

For information about the RFID Consortium, email [email protected]

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